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Gallery II


The Show Begins (1978-81)




Wimbledon 1978: Pure joy! Martina wins her first Grand Slam singles title,
with a comeback-from-behind victory over Chris Evert, 2-6 6-4 7-5.
Photo, courtesy of "Winning Women: The Changing Image
of Women in Sports" by Paul Wade and Tony Duffy




Wimbledon 1978: Martina, the champion,
holds aloft the Wimbledon winner's plate.
Photo, courtesy of "The Tennis Book" by Larry Lorimer



Wimbledon 1979: A happy mother-daughter reunion. Martina
meets her mother, Jana, for the first time since her 1975 defection.
Photo, courtesy of "The Tennis Book" by Larry Lorimer



Wimbledon 1979: Martina dominates the rest completely, as she successfully
defends her crown. She was the most dominant player for 1979.
Photo, courtesy of "The Tennis Book" by Larry Lorimer



Wimbledon 1979: The champion holds aloft the plate. Can she
envision the others that will be added to the collection?



Wimbledon 1979: Billie Jean King wins her record 20th Wimbledon title, as she and
Martina take the womens doubles, 5-7 6-3 6-2 over Betty Stove and Wendy Turnbull.
Photo, courtesy of "King!: The Sports Career of Billie Jean King" by James Hahn



Wimbledon 1980: The two-time defending champion and top seed comes up short
against Chris Evert-Lloyd in the semifinals 4-6 6-4 6-2. A year one would rather forget.
Photo, courtesy of "The Handbook of Tennis" by Paul Douglas



Wimbledon 1981: Martina's first serve deserts her in the final set of her
semifinal against Hana Mandliková, who scores a 7-5 4-6 6-1 victory.
Photo, courtesy of "Ladies of the Court: A Century of Women
at Wimbledon" by Virginia Wade and Jean Rafferty




US Open 1981: Martina loses the final to Tracy Austin, but wins the hearts of the crowds.
She is moved to tears at the presentation cermony at the standing ovation she receives.
Photo, courtesy of "We Have Come a Long Way: The Story of Womens Tennis"
by Billie Jean King and Cynthia Starr




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